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All Rounder Meguru  
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Description
Meguru joins a mixed martial arts gym hoping to become stronger.
He meets an old childhood friend who is practicing the same kind of shooto martial arts, and who harbors a dark secret related to their past.

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Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
オールラウンダー廻
全能格斗士
全能格鬥士
All-Rounder Meguru

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Latest Release(s)
v.10 c.90 by Silent Sky (16d ago)
v.10 c.89 by Silent Sky (33d ago)
v.10 c.88 by Silent Sky (47d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
14 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (302 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.43 / 10.0
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June 22nd 2014, 8:24am PST

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Year
2008

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Serialized In (magazine)
Evening (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Weekly Pos #834 increased(+37)
Monthly Pos #708 (No change)
3 Month Pos #499 decreased(-166)
6 Month Pos #321 decreased(-52)

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On 1850 reading lists
On 665 wish lists
On 34 unfinished lists
On 222 custom lists

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by terry_hughes
July 5th, 2009, 2:35am
Surprised there's not much talk about this one, seeing as it's Hiroki Endo's lastest work after completing his famed masterpiece "Eden". Don't know anything about it personally, but my pen-pal in Japan described it as "a ridiculously good manga, a delicate integration of martial arts and realistic drama". I expected as much. Really hope a scanlator picks this one up soon; "Eden" and Endo's short stories collection were extraordinarily entertaining, passionate and thought-provoking pieces. Can't wait.

... Last updated on July 5th, 2009, 2:38am
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Surprisingly enjoyable for a MMA layman   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Taku-taku
March 2nd, 2013, 4:46pm
I've never been interested in MMA or sports manga/anime in general, and I only checked this out because Endo makes it. It ended up being a page-turner for me.

What really drew me in was some of the best realistic ensemble characterization I've read in a manga. No need for a bad guy, just people doing their hobby/obsession together, helping each-other out and becoming friends in the process.

To me, it reads like 50/50 slice-of-life/sports manga. The well grounded characters feel alive and realistic in their motivations and struggles, (very unlike Teppu in that regard) and the geniune friendship among the people at Meguru's MMA gym made me care for and root for them, not just in the fights but their issues with family and real life.

We even a view into the minds of the opponent characters, who have their own, realistic reasons for wanting to succeed in amateur MMA. There's no "bad guy who plays dirty" or "annoying unfriendly enemy" type here and most of the fighters have no animosity towards their opponents.

At first, I didn't pay attention to the grappling moves (there's quite a lot of those), but I ended up re-reading the manga and pay attention to all of the action. It's superbly depicted and movement is indicated in a way that makes it pretty easy for a layman like me to follow what they're doing, even with the complicated grappling moves.

You can tell Endo did a lot of research into the "boring" stuff in amateur MMA. Like, how hard it can be for girls to find opponents in their weight and skill class, or how the logistics work during a tournament. Too much to mention.

Surprisingly, a very very very enjoyable manga for me.
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"Ridiculously good?" - Indeed.   
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by d_reaper
January 22nd, 2011, 6:51am
It's good because it's centered on the sport and getting in shape and fit to compete and not on the "drama". The complexity of MMA and shooto is what drives this manga, not cheap plot devices, it's the type of manga written for fans of martial arts and mma specifically which is extremely popular in Japan.
It's not Eden and It will never become like it, Endo said so himself. The most philosophical this will ever get is the few parts where Takashi ponders on why he fights - which are few and far between.
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An solid sport manga   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by ddvdsv
April 8th, 2012, 10:31am
A very good manga: it's a solid piece about sport and personal growth.
The narration is very slice of life and down to earth, but it never bores: it's like a steady flow. Trough the trainings, the torunaments and various sublots we see the progression in skill and in character of Meguru going hand to hand with the exploration of the secondary characters' lives, who each possess their own voice and consistence.
But the golden spot is taken by the sport: the fights are very well researched and beautifully drawn, the techniques are realistic and the explanations never feel heavy.
Some themes of the author are constant (like the yakuza), but ultimately add depth to the story.
From Eden is a great jump, but Endo never fails.

... Last updated on April 8th, 2012, 11:20am
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Suprisingly good martial arts/sport manga   
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by Oddwaffle
September 17th, 2012, 11:58am
If you read a lot of novels and manga then you will notice that some authors are just pure genius while some 'rarer' breed of authors are just simply good because of skills, experience, well researched and well-thought out plans. Endo Hiroki turns out to be both. His previous work was brilliant but rely too much on talent alone so it was somewhat detached and confusing to me. This one really shows his experience is starting to match up with his talent.

This work is simple, realistically grounded and straight forward. Yet, it's not boring but addictive. It has well paced drama and humor and a bit of angst. IAnyone with some writing experience will know it's incredibly hard to be simple and understandable. It's even harder to be simple and still manages to add certain depth to characters even with their simple/plain lives through some slice-of-life/humor moments. It has a seinen/sport vibe with a coming-of-age feeling.
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Short Review   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by BustedZen
July 21st, 2011, 10:29am
I personally love this manga. As someone with some knowledge in mixed martial arts I'd have to say it's pretty accurate. The series is certainly grounded in realism and has the potential for a very exciting plot. The driving motivation behind the main characters is quite interesting and I find myself wanting to learn more and more about them; without giving too much information, this particularly true of Takashi. In the gaps between character development I find myself completely entertained by the interplay between the characters as well as the exciting fights (although it's been more grappling up to this point). I'm not sure if it's the novelty of a new series but I think this is a really good read.

To someone unfamiliar with the world of MMA I'm not sure how appealing this series may be to them, as it definitely relies more on the jargon and fundamentals of it then some other fighting series. If your a fan of series like Holyland or Hajime No Ippo then you'll probably enjoy this too.
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Solid as a ró   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by barbapapa
February 7th, 2011, 5:25pm
A rather "safe" follow-up to Eden from Endo. Where Eden alternated brilliant writing with a loss of focus, this sports manga sticks to patterns. As a result it's a more consistent, solid read; be it a lot less adventurous and surprising. In the end, it's fun to read and that's what matters. Eden had its moments where I didn't know whether I was reading to know what happened next, or because I was actively enjoying the story itself.

... Last updated on February 7th, 2011, 5:26pm
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"Ridiculously good?" - Very Possibly So.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by yblees
March 27th, 2010, 10:47pm
I don't read sports manga. And I think tournament style sport fighting - including kickboxing & wrestling, are idiotic beyond belief.
Having said that, Endo Hiroki has yet again sucked me right into his story.
A big plus would be "Meguru" is an excellently paced, really enjoyable read, without the agonizing plot twists that characterised "Eden".
Definitely worth reading. Certainly good enough to buy if this ever gets licensed for English release *fingers crossed*.

... Last updated on May 17th, 2010, 1:17am
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An addicting read   
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by CrimsonNi
June 6th, 2014, 12:46pm
Honestly, I wasn't sure what to expect since the description that I had read wasn't very 'descriptive' but since I love reading manga, I had to invest some time to give proper judgement. I am glad that I did! The pacing of this manga, the detail, the characters and their development are all just some of the amazing attributes of this manga. I <3 Meguru; his character is so realistic in the sense that he isn't 'special', he's had some good luck combined amazingly well with his hard training/dieting and I love that he genuinely looks like he's trying, he's giving it his all.
The other pro of this manga is the rarity of females in these sports. Hiroki, I thank you for providing believable, likable female characters that represent strength and beauty alike and demonstrating the struggles of female mma fighter, kickboxers, judo, etc. If males have a tough time in these sports with dieting and opponents, it's even harder for women, so thank you for involving those details. Anyway, great read, one of my top favs so far.
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Favorite Manga Ever?   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by troyw179
November 27th, 2011, 8:40pm
This manga has got to be my favorite manga of all time. Only other one that can compete would be Holyland. However this manga just draws me in like no other, the best manga I have ever read.

... Last updated on December 27th, 2011, 2:29pm
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